770.993.2940

info@highmeadows.org

1055 Willeo Road

Roswell, Georgia 30075

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770.993.2940

info@highmeadows.org

1055 Willeo Road

Roswell, Georgia 30075

Head of School Search


High Meadows School

Address
1055 Willeo Road
Roswell, Georgia 30075

Contact Info
770.993.2940
info@highmeadows.org

School Hours
Monday – Friday
8:25am – 3:15pm

Head of School Search

The High Meadows Board of Trustees has commenced a national search for a new Interim Head of School for the 2019-20 school year, in addition to a new permanent Head of School and Camp to begin in July of 2020. The board has formed a search committee, co-chaired by trustees and school parents Javier Estrella and Erica Davis, which is tasked with managing the process of selecting the next head of school. The board has partnered with Carney, Sandoe & Associates, an independent school search firm, to assist with this process. The board is committed to implementing a search process that will seek input from every constituency group in High Meadows community. There is no doubt that the High Meadows’ outstanding reputation, strong community, and school and camp programs put it in a position to attract an exceptional new leader.

Recent Communication

April 12, 2019

The Head of School (HoS) Search Committee has narrowed the Interim HoS search to two outstanding candidates, each with extensive HoS experience, progressive education backgrounds and their own strengths to lead our school for the 2019-20 school year. We are hosting these candidates on Monday, April 15th and Tuesday, April 16th. Based on the interactions and engagement during the interviews and feedback from those who meet with the candidates, the HoS Search Committee will present its recommendation to the Board of Trustees for approval to hire.  

Come meet the Finalists!
We encourage parents to be prepared to hear why these candidates have chosen to participate in our Interim Head of School search, what their experience has been as Interims and past Heads of independent schools, and what skills they can bring to High Meadows for the year that they may engage with our community. Each candidate will have spent the good part of the day with faculty, staff, administration, students and search committee members. Ideally, you join us on both Monday and Tuesday to be able to compare the candidates as you provide your feedback to the HoS Search Committee.  We will have parking attendants helping direct cars starting at 2:00 pm, and will extend carpool both days so that parents can collect their children in their designated areas.

Below are the times designated for each finalist to meet with our Parents & Community.

Monday, April 15th: Parent Conversation with Candidate #1
2:15 pm – 3:15 pm in the Community Center

Tuesday, April 16th: Parent Conversation with Candidate #2
2:15 pm – 3:15 pm in the Community Center

Why an Interim?
As with many professions, there is a hiring season in education. In order for us to select from the best possible pool of candidates for a permanent head, the Board of Trustees received expert counsel and decided to hire an Interim Head of School for the 2019-20 school year. It also allowed us to conduct a thorough discovery and gather input from all our community on what we are looking for in a head of school.

Sourcing of Candidates
The Board, our Carney Sandoe consultants, and our HoS Search Committee are committed to selecting an Interim candidate that will inspire our teachers and motivate our students based on our High Meadows mission and guiding principles. We have selected the finalists based on their experience as heads of independent schools, recent interim experience, and being recognized as progressive leaders in the academic community. This narrowed our pool, and from there, the HoS Search Committee selected two candidates we are excited to meet.  

We feel fortunate to have two such highly qualified finalists and all that their leadership talents and experience can bring to High Meadows as potential Interim Heads.  We did, however, want to speak to the issue of diversity which is very important to us. The fact is that the candidate pool for interim Heads tends to be much smaller and less diverse than that for the permanent head position—only a very small number of interim head candidates are diverse in terms of race, ethnicity, and gender. But as we move forward into the search for an outstanding permanent Head with a much broader candidate pool, diversity will continue to be an important consideration for both the Search Committee and our search consultants Carney Sandoe, and the shaping of an inclusive group of candidates will remain a key priority. In that effort, we will be aided by Audrey Hines who is helping us develop High Meadows’ inclusion and diversity strategic plan and whom we have engaged as Equity Advisor for the HOS Search Committee. She is bringing a wealth of knowledge to sourcing and interviewing candidates and making very helpful contributions to our collective efforts.

What does an Interim do?
Schools have different Interim needs, determined by their unique transition periods. High Meadows seeks an Interim who lives our values and gets “us.” We want to ensure students and families continue to receive mission-driven school and camp programs, and that our Interim maintains stability – in our educational objectives, in staffing, and enrollment – while delivering against our high standards.  The key tasks will be articulate communication, being visible and accessible to our community, and building leadership and teamwork across our faculty, staff, and administration. The Interim will help our school consolidate our strengths and assist our Trustees to define our goals and objectives for the future, as well as help guide us in hiring the future leadership at our school.

March 25, 2019

The Community Survey is open!

We encourage all voices to participate so we can collect input on the values and leadership needed for our next Head of School. We want to hear from Parents, Faculty/Staff, alumni, students, campers, grandparents, and friends of High Meadows – so please forward to your High Meadows contacts to make sure they take it as well! Participation is key to success – and we are working with the classrooms to get student feedback, and our camp staff to reach all those that we can to take the survey.

We look forward to hearing your voice in response to the short, 6 question survey. The survey will close on Friday, March 29th – so please carve out some time in your busy schedules this week to share your thoughts.

If you have any questions, comments or feedback – please feel free to reach out to the HoS Search committee at HoSsearch@highmeadows.org and we will get back to you!

Attention High Meadows Community:

We are excited to share that Carney, Sandoe & Associates, the consultant group helping place our next Head of School, will be on campus Tuesday, March 12th and Wednesday, March 13th. Their goal is to gain a better understanding of High Meadows – our culture, community, classroom and camp experiences. Bill Christ and Barbara Daush will be fully immersed for 2 days on campus with faculty, staff, administration, HoS Search Committee, Board, current parents and active community members in a series of meetings. Below are times available for you to come join Bill and Barbara to share your view and future vision for High Meadows.

Tuesday, March 12th: Parents Conversation
11-11:45 am – in the Community Center

Tuesday, March 12th: Parent, Alumni & Camp Conversation
6-7 pm in the Community Center
Childcare will be available. Please notify Jennifer Lott at JLott@highmeadows.org if you need Stay-N-Play extension.

Wednesday, March 13th: Parent Conversation
2:45-3:30 pm in the Community Center

We hope to see you during one of these times.

March 1, 2019

The Head of School (HoS) Search Committee has been approved by the High Meadows Board of Trustees. We thank everyone who expressed interest to be on this committee and we are grateful for all volunteers that dedicate time to our school and camp. The Board has chosen 15 individuals that will help select the future Interim and permanent Head of School. These individuals represent all areas of our community including parents, teachers, staff, administrators, alumni, and camp.

The HoS Search Committee has been tasked with the process of defining what our school needs in a leader, screening candidate resumes and conducting full day in-person interviews for the finalists. Additionally, the HoS Search Committee will make a recommendation to the Board of Trustees for its vote and approval. We will continue to communicate updates through the Meadow Messenger and on our Community Updates page on the website. As part of this process, there will be an opportunity for members of our community to express their views and meet the candidates. If you have any questions or information you would like to share with the committee, feel free to always reach out to HoSsearch@highmeadows.org. Communications will be shared with the committee. If you have any Board questions – please email BOTfeedback@highmeadows.org.

  • Javier Estrella- HoS Search Committee Chair, HMS Trustee, Current Parent
  • Holly Berg- Technology Integration Specialist, MY Mini-Course Instructor
  • Sarah Bobbitt- Former HM Teacher, Current Substitute, Alumni, Current Parent
  • Clive Davis- Chair of HM Inclusion & Diversity Committee, Current & Alumni Parent
  • Erica Davis- HMS Trustee, Current Parent, Camp Parent
  • Gary Denning- Current & Alumni Parent, Former HM Teacher
  • Rebecca Drage- Early Years Teacher (K/1), Camp Counselor
  • John Dovic- Director of Camp and After School Programs
  • Margaret Jones- Associate Head of School, Early Years Principal
  • Stephanie Knapp- Current Parent, Camp Parent, Former SHARE Board member
  • Anne Lovatt- Middle Years Teacher, Camp Counselor, Alumni
  • Kate McElvaney- Director of Educational Advancement, Director of CPL, Alumni Parent
  • Mark Sedgley- HMS Trustee, Current Parent
  • Martha Lee Thwaite- Early Years Teacher (4/5)
  • Pat Wolf- Middle Years Principal, Alumni Parent, Current Grandparent

December 20, 2018

Dear High Meadows Community,

Thank you to those who were able to attend the Board Report to the Community this past Tuesday. We had an excellent turnout and an engaged group – thanks for that. We have put many projects into motion over the past few months and appreciate your patience as we take a very deliberate approach to all of them. As a review and recap of the topics discussed on Tuesday, we have outlined the key points in this letter for everyone to read.

First and foremost, the Head of School (HOS) Search Task Force has selected Carney Sandoe & Associates as our search agency partner. It was a unanimous decision among this task force and we discussed the criteria for making the choice on this firm. Here is additional information as we move this process forward:

Our primary search consultants from Carney Sandoe are Bill Christ and Barbara Daush who are excited to get started at the beginning of January. The task force met with them specifically to make sure they “got us.”

In partnership with Carney Sandoe, we will select the HOS Search Committee involving a cross-section of our community. This group will lead the charge to find our new permanent head of school for the 2020-21 school year.

In the new year, Bill and Barbara will be conducting in-person interviews and presenting surveys to our faculty, staff, parents, camp staff, alumni, and others to get a full understanding of what the HMS community is looking for in new leadership.

Additionally, Bill and Barbara will help the Board interview and identify an interim head. We plan to name that person in March, well in time for the new school year in order to facilitate a smooth transition. Finding an interim is a much shorter process. We also discussed the reasons for engaging an interim head versus hiring a permanent head for the next school year, but we won’t rule out candidates who may be an excellent fit anywhere along the process.

News and updates on the HOS search will continue to be posted on our newly renamed Community Updates page (since we are doing more than the Campus Plan Updates) on the High Meadows website. And all questions on this topic should be sent to: HOSsearch@highmeadows.org.

When will we announce the Head of School (HOS) Search Firm?

The search firm selection will be announced prior to the Winter Break.

What does the process look like?

The board will work with the selected firm to put together all of the mechanics of the search process. There are two very different processes for identifying and placing an Interim HOS and a permanent HOS.

The Interim HOS is a very specific profession. The pool of candidates is much smaller to choose from. Therefore, the search is more narrow in scope and less broad in terms of community involvement, however, it is our desire to ensure an inclusive process.

As the first step, we will identify a search committee that is representative of the community. The committee will work with the selected search firm to launch a thorough process for the interim and permanent HOS placement.

As part of the permanent head search process, we have asked that the whole community have a role. This will take several forms.

A community-wide survey will be distributed.

An onsite two day deep dive will be conducted by our chosen search firm. This will include interviews, with faculty, administration, parents, and alumni.

A position statement will be created from the information and insights we gain from these events.

This position statement will be distributed and the firm will begin identifying candidates.

Why an Interim?

Like many professions, there is a hiring season in education. For heads of school, the time has already passed for a school to begin a search and still be able to have access to the best candidates. Therefore, in order to be able to select from the best possible pool of candidates, the Board of Trustees decided to hire an Interim Head of School for 2019-20.

When will we name an Interim Head of School

The search for an interim Head of School will begin immediately upon our selection of the search firm, and the board expects to announce that appointment before the end of April or early May.

When will the search for the Permanent HOS begin?

The search for a permanent Head of School will begin in the early spring, with the search committee conducting phone or Skype interviews, followed by on-campus interviews for the finalists. The Board hopes to be able to announce the appointment of the permanent Head of School in September of 2019, with the new Head to start July 1, 2020.

August-September 2018

  • HMS Board created a HOS Search Task Force (Mark Sedgley, Chris Rogers, Dana Meyer) following the announcement of Jay Underwood’s departure end of the 2018-19 school year
  • Board announced we will focus the initial search on an interim HOS for the 2019-20 school year, followed by a permanent hire for the 2020-21 school year.

October 2018

  • Board Task Force conducted a preliminary screen of several executive search firms that came both recommended and found through research.
  • This group narrowed down the firms to three based on their early understanding of the type of candidates we are seeking, quick response and enthusiasm for the project, and commitment to the High Meadows process.
  • Task Force invited a cross-segment of the HMS community to join in the vetting of the firms: John Dovic, Pat Wolf, Margaret Jones, Clive Davis, Carol Zboreak, Marc Medwed, Chris Rogers, Dana Meyer, Mark Sedgley

November-December 2018

  • This larger group completed in-person interviews with each of the three firms throughout the month and into December and discussed to determine our selection.

Search Process Timeline

2018

August

  • Announcement of Jay Underwood’s departure

December

  • Selection of Carney Sandoe, & Associates for Search Consultants

2019

January

  • Head of School Search committee nominated, comprised of 15 community members is formed and tasked with leading the search process

February

  • Carney, Sandoe & Associates conduct a site visit on High Meadows campus to meet with school, camp and alumni communities to collect information and inform the head of school position description

March – April

  • Carney, Sandoe & Associates present Interim candidates, and HoS Search Committee nominate finalists
  • Interim lead candidates visit campus for community interviews
  • HoS Search Committee present final candidate to Board of Trustees for vote for Interim Head of School & Camp

May

  • Announcement to the community of 2019-20 school year Interim Head of School & Camp

May – July

  • Head of School & Camp job description approved for posting of permanent head for 2020-21 school year
  • Carney, Sandoe & Associates receives applications, develops a pool of candidates and reviews credentials

August – October

  • Interim Head of School joins High Meadows campus
  • Semi-finalist candidates are selected and interviewed by the HoS Search Committee, Finalist are chosen
  • Finalists visit High Meadows for community interviews

October – November

  • HoS Search Committee nominates a candidate and presents to the Board of Trustees
  • New Head of school is elected
  • News is shared with the High Meadows community

2020

  • Transition exercises with the Interim HoS
  • The new Head of School and Camp assumes responsibilities in Summer 2020

 

Head of School Search Committee Members

  • Javier Estrella – HoS Search Committee Co-Chair, Trustee, Current Parent
  • Erica Davis -HoS Search Committee Co-Chair, Trustee, Current Parent, Camp Parent
  • Holly Berg – Technology Integration Specialist, MY Mini-Course Instructor
  • Sarah Bobbitt – Former Teacher, Current Substitute, Alumna, Current Parent
  • Clive Davis – Chair of Inclusion & Diversity Committee, Current & Alumni Parent
  • Gary Denning – Current & Alumni Parent, Former Teacher
  • Rebecca Drage – Early Years Teacher (K/1), Camp Counselor
  • John Dovic – Director of Camp and After School Programs
  • Margaret Jones – Associate Head of School, Early Years Principal
  • Stephanie Knapp – Current Parent, Camp Parent, Former SHARE Board member
  • Anne Lovatt – Middle Years Teacher, Camp Counselor, Alumna
  • Kate McElvaney – Director of Educational Advancement, Director of CPL, Alumni Parent
  • Mark Sedgley – Trustee, Current Parent
  • Martha Lee Thwaite – Early Years Teacher (4/5)
  • Pat Wolf – Middle Years Principal, Alumni Parent, Current Grandparent